When it comes to producing the world’s best super- and hyper-cars, the top manufacturers in the world are in constant competition to outperform one another; shaving grams off and squeezing more horsepower out of the engine in order to get ahead. With an industry this fiercely competitive the giants of the motor world have to show what they can do through manufacturing one-off show cars … and no one does this quite like Lamborghini.
As industry leaders in technology development with a flair for the unconventional, Lamborghini has never failed to astonish the motoring world. Below are five of the most astonishing and exciting once of and show cars the raging bull brand has produced.
Created specifically for the 2008 Salon d’Automobiles in Paris, the Estoque is a study in what can be done with a sports car to use every day. This four-door sports car sticks resolutely to its creed. The Lamborghini Estoque concept has everything that defines a Lamborghini: extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian, it brings a whole new versatility to the brand’s DNA – with its four seats and ample luggage space, this ‘everyday sports car’ is a perfect fit for an equally versatile lifestyle.
From the very first glance there can be no doubt that this is a Lamborghini – a car with compelling presence. The long wheelbase, the low profile, the broad track, the mighty, accentuated wheels, the clean surfaces and razor-sharp definition – every single line breathes the spirit of the Lamborghini brand.
In 2011 the Sesto Elemento was announced as a technological demonstrator, presented at the Paris Motor Show, the Sesto Elemento represented the future of super sports cars in line with the Lamborghini Manifesto: development focuses on handling and acceleration, with lightweight design an increasing priority. What makes the Sesto Elemento truly stand out is not since the revolutionary carbon fiber prototype, the Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione in 1986, has a super sports car brand produced a car weighing less than 1000 kg, until the Sesto Elemento came along.
In the year of its 50th anniversary Automobili Lamborghini presented an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno were built and sold. Its design is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully homologated for the road. With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355 km/h. It was priced at three million euro incl. tax.
The Lamborghini Veneno features a twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, an extremely fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Above all, however, the Veneno benefits from the very special expertise that Automobili Lamborghini possesses in the development and execution of carbon-fibre materials – the complete chassis is produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme sports car. The inside, too, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.
The Lamborghini Egoista was developed by Walter De Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, as a tribute to the House of The Raging Bull’s 50th anniversary.
This futuristic single-seater is the only one of its kind in the world. Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that churns out 600 horsepower, it takes the attributes that are in the DNA of every Lamborghini to the next, extreme level. The look is sharply distinguished by a muscular structure with alternating open and solid areas, and the profile suggests the stylized silhouette of a bull about to charge – the iconic hallmark of the Lamborghini logo.
The aeronautical inspiration is also evident in the body made of lightweight materials (carbon fiber and aluminum) with stealth capabilities, in the anti-glare windows with an orange hue, in the cockpit conceived as a removable appendage which allows the driver to be insulated and protected from external elements, and in the head-up display. Because of this latter feature, in order to leave the vehicle, the driver must remove the steering wheel and leave it on the dashboard, open the dome by actuating an electronic control and climb out of the cockpit with a specific series of movements, as required in fighter jet aircrafts.
The Lamborghini Centenario is a one-off limited edition of 20 coupés and 20 roadsters, all sold, at a start price of 1.75 million euros plus tax. It boasts a huge V12 naturally aspirated engine with 770 hp: most powerful built by Lamborghini. This monster of an engine has an astonishing weight to power ratio 1.97 kg/hp
The car was built with a single focus: to be a futuristic, pure, essential design encompassing technological innovations.
The technology featured in the Centenario is the new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering, carbon fibre monocoque and body as well as advanced aerodynamics systems.
Founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini, with headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, ‘Automobili Lamborghini’ boasts in excess of 120 dealerships worldwide.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars.
In half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J and The Veneno, Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, that was created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013. In 2016, Lamborgini launched the the Centenario. This hommage to Ferruccio Lamborghini was laucnhed on what would have been his 100th birthday. Only 40 examples were made, 20 Coupe’s and 20 Roadsters andf all are sold.